A dance is only as good as the beat. Your software product is only as good as the relationship you have with your development company. That relationship relies on more than just the initial vetting process. Setting the tempo for your relationship from start to finish requires involvement. Once you move forward with your chosen development partner, keep in mind that being actively involved in the process not only allows for the team to create a software product that meets your needs but can avoid major delays and roadblocks. Rule of thumb? Don’t dump and ditch after your discovery meeting hoping that things are in good hands.
In our past articles Shall We Dance? and Tango, Not a Limbo we touched on the importance of communication, transparency and honesty. Each one contributes to maintaining a steady rhythm of development actively moving forward.
When you find your development partner, you should keep in mind that being actively involved in the process whether you are hands-on or by proxy through a representative from your business is important. Your development partner will need direction and guidance as your software product evolves as they may only possess a surface understanding of what your business needs are. There will be tests and questions along the way; no one knows your business like you or your internal team.
To help prepare you for the journey ahead keep these questions in mind when discussing the project with your potential development partner:
The best rule of thumb is to always remember that your development partner is on your side. It’s a relationship that should last from conception to implementation, maintenance, and beyond. Because at the end of the day it’s a dance that will be successful when both partners are in sync.